Debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, the Karma launched the premium green car segment that most major OEMs are now pursuing. Capable of delivering a range of over 300 miles and a top speed of 125 mph, the Karma had...Read More »
But so many questions are going through my mind about electric vehicles.
- Will an electric vehicle have the durability needed to withstand 20,000 or more miles a year?
- How many years can you realistically get out of the battery or the...
However, the Year-over-Year (YOY) growth showed some significant differences: while sales of Audi and BMW models increased by more than 17 percent, the sales performance of Mercedes-Benz (cars, without Smart) improved less than 10%. In absolute terms, BMW is leading with sales of 690,000...Read More »
eAssist is another example of OEMs making hybrids more appealing to the average driver who doesn't want their...Read More »
We have all come to expect that our vehicles will safely deliver us to our chosen destinations and to protect us in the event of an accident. However, the Ford Motor Company is taking steps to allow us to use our vehicles for overall health monitoring.
The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators reports Ford has announced that its research team in Aachen, Germany, has developed a car seat with six sensors that can monitor a driver's heart by its electrical impulses. Such a seat, if...Read More »
We can't seem to get away from the ever-increasing media coverage on electric vehicle technology. Along with the media coverage comes an entirely new language -- quick, what’s the difference between BEV, PHEV and just good old EV?
Ford Motor Company has released a three-minute educational video describing the differences between hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles. This is a very high-level look at the various technologies so if you are an accomplished scientist this may be too...Read More »
And, Ford's share gain is not a fluke, i.e., it is not...Read More »
With such a large commitment within the next 2 years, I think the OEMs will be modifying their electric vehicle market roll-out strategies and adding Chicago to the list of sooner rather...Read More »
There are a number of sites and programs that blow the above...Read More »
If you could increase the fuel efficiency of just one vehicle
segment by 10%, which segment would you choose?
The table below shows the number of vehicles bought new in each macro segment in the last 12 months (personal registrations only), along with a SWAG at the average mpg for that segment:
Personal Registrations, Last 12 Months
|Vehicle Segment||Count||Est. MPG|
|Mini Sport Utility||969,620||22|
What are the big things that could impact this year? Let's start with the obvious – the economy and...Read More »
The introduction of hybrid, alternate fuel and electric vehicles was supposed to signal the end for the large people haulers (Pickups and SUVs) and a move to smaller more fuel efficient minicar like vehicles, right? ...Not in America!
Based on new U.S. light vehicle registrations, gasoline powered vehicles are down 6.1 percentage points year-to-date November 2010 (84.4%) compared to the same time period in 2008 (90.9%). These owners have moved to alternate fuel vehicles which represent the 15.2%...Read More »
Data, it has been noted, is the key to driving interactive advertising's growth. The ability to use data to identify markets and...Read More »